Thoughtful, active participation in society is vital to the mission of the ELCA as we join in God's work in the world. As individual members, and as a larger organized faith community, we are liberated by our faith to love and serve our neighbors and the communities in which they live — questions, complexities and all. Social statements, messages, social policy resolutions and studies of social issues are important tools and resources that guide our church as it participates in what God is up to in society and the world.
"Policies and Procedures of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for Addressing Social Concerns" describes the purpose, character and processes for how we develop social statements, messages, social policy resolutions and studies. For a better understanding of the ELCA’s social teaching and policy development, visit "How the ELCA Addresses Social Concerns."
Currently, the ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice: One in Christ is leading work to develop a social statement that will be considered by the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. To learn more about the task force’s work and to give feedback on the draft social statement, click here.